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March 7, 2013
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  • Sequestration to cut Medicare EHR payments
    Sequestration will reduce by 2% the EHR incentive payments going to Medicare providers for services offered, starting April 1. On average, the cuts would cost Medicare-only hospitals, which are averaging $1.87 million in incentive payments, about $37,500, and physicians receiving Medicare EHR incentives would lose a few hundred dollars on average. Medicaid EHR incentives will not be affected. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Short bouts of exercise may improve cognitive function in youths
    A Dutch analysis of studies involving 586 6- to 35-year-olds showed that short periods of moderately intense exercise was associated with significant improvements in higher-order cognitive function such as self-control. The impact of brief exercise on cognition could have relevance for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism, researchers said. The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. HealthDay News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts say common food allergens can be introduced early
    The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is urging parents to introduce potential allergens, including eggs and peanut butter, to children when they are as young as 4 months old. "There's been more studies that find that if you introduce them early, it may actually prevent food allergy," said David Fleischer, co-author of the article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cycling therapy benefits teens with Down syndrome
    A cycling intervention called assisted cycle therapy was linked to improvements in processing information as well as manual dexterity among teens with Down syndrome, according to a pilot study. Participation in voluntary exercise failed to yield the same positive results, the lead researcher said. A more in-depth study is ongoing. Disability Scoop (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ICD-10 transition to move forward, CMS says
    CMS announced that the shift to ICD-10 codes will continue without additional delays, meaning providers must begin using the new codes Oct. 1, 2014. "Many in the health industry are under way with the necessary system changes to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Halting this progress midstream would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits of these investments," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. American Medical News (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few docs may see positive ROI for EHRs within 5 years, study finds
    Doctors on average might lose $43,743 within five years after EHR implementation, according to a study in Health Affairs. The study also showed that only 27% of participating practices with EHRs could have a positive return on investment during the time frame. The study found that practices that used EHRs as a tool to increase revenue, whether by improving billing or seeing more patients, were more likely to see positive returns. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC's hearing loss campaign to target young people
    New York City health officials are planning to launch a social media campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of listening to loud music played on personal MP3 players. The Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign, estimated to cost $250,000, targets both teens and young adults. New York Post (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Revised AOM practice guideline emphasizes accurate diagnosis
    This AAP News article reviews the AAP clinical practice guideline on treating acute otitis media in children and includes 17 key action statements. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leonard P Rome CATCH Visiting Professorships
    The 2013 Call for Proposals for the Leonard P Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship is now open. The purpose of the program is to promote advocacy for children and advance the field of community pediatrics. Up to eight pediatric residency programs will be funded to implement a 2- or 3-day educational program focusing on a community pediatrics topic(s). Proposals are due by 2 p.m. CT, April 24. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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